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  CSPAN    Road to the White House    Series/Special. The candidates, issues  
   and events shaping the presidential race.  

    December 18, 2011
    9:30 - 11:00pm EST  

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small businesses are in good health and the need to follow those sorts of procedures to make sure that happens. >> mr. russell brown. >> thank you, mr. speaker. with youth unemployment rising by 65% over the last 12 months, and with the british retail consortium indicating that almost one in three jobs are filled by under 25, does he recognize that the projected -- projected squeeze on the retail sector will only increase the chances of youth unemployment increasing across the entire country speak with the thing though put the biggest squeeze on the retail sector is if interest rates went up. just one percentage point increase in interest rates would see the typical family lose a thousand pounds a year through extra mortgage payment. so that everybody knows where any difficult economic situation and we have to take difficult decisions but as there is effectively a freeze across the
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eurozone but the most important thing is to keep those interest rates low so that people it my in the pockets and we can see some good retail recovery. >> david rightly. [inaudible] canna primus to join me this season in supporting the great work these charities to and clicking the street was hundreds of thousands of pounds for the port work of our volunteers? >> i certainly join my honorable friend at this time of year particularly and praising the amazing work that hospices do. many hospices don't see the huge amount of government funding but they have to be very ingenious about how the race money from people up and down the country and collecting and recycling christmas trees so we don't just leave them outside the house but do this thing probably i think isn't that the id and enter the whole house will want to join in praising the work hospices do, particularly at christmastime. >> the prime minister has been
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promising legislation but a registered lobbyist for the past 18 months but nothing has happened so far. will be either give us a publication date for a consultation paper leaving the legislation, or he could take on my 10 minute rule which was already published so he could have it now and getting on this? >> i'm a generous sort of bloke, too, so i can tell him that leads to the lobby proposal will be published within the next month. to this government would have moved faster in 18 months and the less government did in 13 years. [shouting] >> adrienne saunders. >> mr. speaker, the prime minister will have received the news this morning of the study in excess, people with diabetes to unnecessary deaths in the condition if -- the national service framework for diabetes comes to an end in 2013. with the prime minister looked
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as a way of meeting the challenges that will be on the health service and helping people with diabetes in the future? >> i'm very happy to look at the financial service framework, as he says but i think the key issue with diabetes is both we need to raise the profile of this condition because many people have it and don't know they have it, but the keeping as well if you look at the public health issues because the explosion in diabetes is coming partly from bad diets and obesity in childhood and we need to address those issues otherwise was always going to be dealing with the disease rather than trying to look for the prevention. >> i'm in a generous mood and is always a delight to listen to my colleagues so we'll have a little more. and mcguire. >> thank you very much, mr. speaker. earlier this week in -- the coalition government --
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[inaudible] can i ask the prime minister that by reducing benefits for disabled children by over 1700 pounds a year is something that identifies his often repeated mantra that we are all in this together and? >> first of all we are not cutting benefits to disabled children. and actually we are upgrading, we are upgrading by 5.2% all of those benefits so that people will see an increase in the benefits that they receive next year. >> last but never forgotten, mr. brian findlay. [shouting] >> mr. speaker, the prime minister will be a where that allows on the west coast are intolerable and getting worse. does he share the concerns that there are delays to high speak to will only make their journeys more unpleasant? and will he provide the assurance they seek about the
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future he promised then? >> i'm grateful to my honorable friend for raising this question. the country has a choice but because the west coast mainline is as congested as if we need either to replace it with a traditional line or a high speed line. it's one of the government is a high speed line is the right answer. that's what this consultation has been conducted. and i think it's not just good for people who want to use the west coast mainline but also the successful regional policy in linking of our grea clucks the british house of commons is off for the holiday break this week. question time will air again live on c-span 2 on wednesday, and january 11, 2012. you can find videos of past prime ministers questions on our newly designed web site at c- span.org.
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>> next, republican presidential candidate rick perry campaigns in the iowa. >> tomorrow, a look at the latest developments in the 2012 presidential campaign with armstrong williams. after that, a discussion -- that is live at 7:00 a.m. here on c- span. >> texas gov. rick perry is on a bus tour through iowa which began last wednesday. his final campaign stop this
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weekend was in due course, iowa -- in decorah, iowa. this is about an hour. >> it is a great pleasure to introduce -- some of you know me. i teach -- it is a great pleasure to introduce a strong conservative and who comes from a small farming community. he grew up on a cotton farm and took part in 4 h and earned the
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rank of eagle scout. he was a pilot in the air force. he served as governor and for more than a decade. please welcome rick perry. [applause] >> thank you, dr. mike. good to see you. thank you for coming out tonight, all of you, on sunday evening while the broncos and the patriots are playing. i will be brief. so you can catch the fourth quarter. it is an honor to be here with you. i want to take a few minutes and
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share with you about who i am and where i'm from. i know that, sometimes, 1-minute opportunities in debates you do not get to really find out about someone. that is the reason that, rather than taking off to warmer climes after the debate in sioux city, we made the decision that we wanted to spend time driving across iowa, talking with people, sharing with them our heart and listen to them and be there for some questions after we are through here. i grew up on a small farm. we were cotton farmers. you guys really know how to grow things here in iowa, corn and we have seen a lot of beautiful farmland. it is all laid by for the
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winter. but the community's remind me a lot of where we grew up. i grew 16 miles from the closest place that had a post office in a very rural community. there is a little school that had about 110 kids in grades 1- 12. if you wanted to go to the lutheran church, you had to go all the way to eric's town. we have a very good lutheran community here. my point is that it was very rural -- the house i grew up in did not have water in and told the of 1955-1956. there are people who would say, as they watch prayer and how i grew up, i did not want for
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everything. i had a shetland pony and a dog. [laughter] and all the things that you would need. my dad worked a couple of jobs and my mother was a bookkeeper at a cotton gin. frankly, we over rich. things that i considered to be important in life, family and faith -- when i was not going to school at paint creek, i was either involved in for it, raising calves, were going to boy scouts. i wanted to be a veterinarian. that was my life's dream. i went off in 1962 texas a&m university. that is where god introduced me to organic chemistry. [laughter] i had a little wine in my life. and the vietnam war was going
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on. so i volunteered to fly in the united states air force. i never left the state of texas accent for a few times in my life, until the early 1970's. i went with the boys to the national jamboree. i went to philadelphia to see the liberty bell and liberty hall and freedom hall. the world's fair was going on in 1964 in new york. other than that, and never really left the state of texas until went to pilot training. my duty station was all over the world. europe and south america and central america -- i live in saudi arabia in the
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1970's. we saw that country make a transition period before 79 as well. i started seeing how different countries and their governments and the structure of their governments. for the first time, i started paying attention and thinking about this country that we live in. the reason i'm sure that story with you is because -- the reason i share that story with you is because, as a young man, it became very obvious to me what a great country we live in. and the freedoms and the liberties that we have, sometimes we take them for granted. our founding fathers put together this country because they were really concerned about this big government, this powerful faraway centralized government. and they were willing to risk their treasure and their good names, their reputations, and in
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some cases, their lives to create a country where they could live free, free from over- taxation. and they developed that declaration of independence. and they also wrote that constitution and the bill of rights to protect themselves from what they saw as the intrusion of this government, in this case, great britain and king george. for two hundred plus years now, we have been the greatest country on the face of the earth. we have read more people. we have done more things. we're not perfect. we will never be perfect. but from the standpoint of the rest of the world, people have looked to was hysterically and said america, there's something
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really special about it and its people. i would suggest that is because we have been free. for some years now, we have seen washington, d.c. growing bigger and bigger and bigger and having more influence back in the states. when our founding fathers wrote the constitution, they were pretty clear that they wanted the federal government to do a few things. and to do them really well. have the military, secure our borders. i would like the government to do some things that they're supposed to be doing and get out of the things that they are doing. but our founding fathers had a vision about what they wanted to see put in place. and when they got down to the bill of rights, they had these big long discussions. it took them years to get this worked out. the 10th amendment talked about the power not delegated to the united states by the
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constitution, nor prohibited to or reservedate's by the states respectively or to the people. that is so simple. it is elegant. it talks about what the government is supposed to do, a few things. and then the states would be decided whether they wanted to be engaged in these other activities. so i make this suggestion that what has occurred in the last 100 years where we have seen more and more power consolidated in washington, d.c. and the state's having to fend off the federal government more and more. i say that with some amount of experience being the governor of the second most populous
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state in the nation. the reason i give you all of that background is to take you to today. i think america and our country is really in trouble. i can diagram part of that trouble on a map. it is a straight line between washington, d.c. and wall street. the corrupt -- and i would suggest even fraudulent -- activities that have gone on between washington and wall street has put america's future in jeopardy. $15 trillion worth of national debt is facing this country. 13 million plus people are out of work. one in eight americans are on food stamps. we are at a juncture where we have to make a decision about
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what we are going to do as a country. and i would suggest from my perspective that we have to have an outsider coming to washington, d.c. as the next president of the united states. i respect every one of those men and women who are running for the presidency. anyone who will put themselves through this process that we have in this country to run frankly for any office -- for those of you who are county supervisors, engaged on the school boards or state representatives, what have you, thank you for your services. it is what makes our country unique. i am sitting here in front of you, talking to you, and this process that we grow through. i greatly respect of those men and women. but i am the only one who is in actual outsider, who has watched washington from may --
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for a decade now from my state. whether it is education, the regulation of environmental laws -- i do not even know why we have a department of education. and your be i u.n.'s governor and legislature and york -- it should be iowans and your governor and your legislature. they skim off of it up for the purposes of administration and then they pick winners and losers. local school boards are not given, from my perspective, enough of the opportunity to make decisions on how our children are educated. it goes on and on, whether it is the energy department or the department of commerce. but our government has grown so big and it is so cumbersome and
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it is a removed from our people. i have laid out three policies that deal with the economy. the economy is the biggest issue that most people in here -- if we were to have a show of hands, my instincts are that where america finds itself economically is one of the most important, if not the number one concern that you have. maybe not necessarily for yourself, but for your children, theyou, young man -- when social security program, if we do not change it, it will not be there when you retire. that is a fact. we need to stand up, address it. those of us who are approaching the age of being eligible for social security, there may be some of you that are on social 60. it will be there for you.
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do not let anybody tried to use fear factor -- fear tactics and say that they're trying to fix this system for this young man and it will kill it for you and for me. we do need to have that open and honest discussion about how do we transform this system, how do we make sure that medicaid will be here to give the health care to the poor in our state. i suggest that you give it back to the states. i trust gary branstad and his legislature. one size does not fit all. our states are different. but allow the states the flexibility to do that. this issue of getting america back to work and how will we do that -- the first plan i laid
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out was on the energy side. i am kind of an all-of-the-above energy. whether you're in the alternative energy side or the more traditional oil and gas or whether you are in solar or wind or nuclear energy, i happen to believe that you can use nuclear energy safely. you can deal with reprocessing them safely. if france -- 80% of their energy is from nuclear energy and they deal with the processing and the waste that is left over. surely america can. i will not give that up to the french that easy and say that only they can do that. we can. do we need to be smart about it? do we need to be wise about it? absolutely.
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taking any of those energy sources of of the table is not good policy. but i do not think that washington, d.c. should be picking winners and losers. i would removal of the tax credits, phase them all out at the same time. i know there are probably some corn farmers in here who are in the ethanol business. even if you are in the oil business, phase those out at the same time to treat everyone the same. wind, solar, whoever it may be. the federal government does not need to be in the business of picking winners and losers in the energy industry. we have an incentive program and our state for alternative energy. the wind industry came in and use that incentive program. i have no problems with states competing events each other. actually, i think that is what our founding fathers meant for us to do, to have those types
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of competition between the states. if you want to live in a state that has high taxes and a heavy regulatory burden and crushing debt, you can move to california. [laughter] or, if you want to live in a state that has more sensible regulation and taxation -- that is the beauty of the way our founding fathers saw this country. we are not all alike. obviously, there are standards of living that we expect and that our federal government will be engaged in. i respect that and i support that. but they have become so overpowering with their regulations and their taxation. that is the reason why, when i talk about taxes, i believe that, if we go to a flat tax in this country, 20% flat tax, have a deduction for your mortgage,
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have a deduction for charitable, have a deduction for your local taxes, have a deduction for your social security benefits, do away with the capital gains tax, do away with the dividend's tax, and then take 20% of that, put it on a post card and mail it in. i think we have spent $400 billion a year, thereabout, in preparation of taxes today. tens of thousands of pages of irs. the point is, having a simple tax system, cutting the spending -- i understand have to cut spending. i am the only governor since world war ii in texas that has cut general revenue spending. i have done it three times. i did in 2003 when our economy turned down. we cut total spending in texas
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this last session in the legislature. you have choices. you can look at people's backgrounds. to judge people and find out what they will do, look at their background. look at their record. when i talk about -- i respect the men and women on the stage with me -- but we have congressional insiders. we have wall street structurally insider. mitt may not have had a wall street address, but his capital may is will have been wall street. and newt is the former speaker of the house. who will make the hard decisions about cutting the budget? who has the record of doing that? when it was the governor -- when mitt was the governor in massachusetts, he couldn't cut
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the budget. -- he could have cut the budget. but he looked for ways to raise the corporate tax rate. that raised $400 million through the corporate taxes. he raised taxes by 20%. at the same time, we cut. we made hard decisions. we were criticized by a lot of books. it comes with the territory. but we balance our budget without raising taxes. while newt was the speaker, our spending and budget one of every year. even "forbes magazine" called him out on this. he says, you guys took money at of the social security trust fund to help balance the budget. when people talk about the social service -- the social security system going bust and we have been telling you all these years that there is a social security trust fund, no, there's not. there is a trust fund. it just does not have anything
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in it. [laughter] because congress used it. we have to transform the program to where young people that are either just going into the workforce or are in the work force now, but it will not be there for them. we know that. we have to have an outsider. i would suggest to you that that is why i am here to ask you to allow me to be that outsider. i'm understand how to cut those budgets. -- i understand had to cut those budgets. i understand that the worst thing you can do any time of turndown and a recession or a depression is to raise taxes on job-creators. we need to cut our taxes. the regulatory climate is strangling job-creators. i do not know how many of you are small businessmen and women. how many of you in here are farmers?
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i was about to ask you in here is involved in agriculture and then everybody would have raised their hands. the limit give you example of the regulatory burden. -- let me give you an example of the regulatory burden. get this. the labor department has a rule that they are considering so that you have to be 18 years old before you can drive a piece of farm equipment. i was driving when i could see underneath the yen -- [laughter] dwight david eisenhower had a really good quote one time. he said farming is pretty easy when you are -- when your pile is a pencil and your 1,500 miles away from a farm. i think a lot of the time that is the problem in washington.
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we have bureaucrats to do not understand what is going on in the states, whether is environmental laws, at agriculture, the baking business. you all have a small community bank here. i will promise you, if you go ask them banker what the dodd- frank banking regulation is costing the bank, you will hear an earfulit is not protecting oe businessman or woman. it is not protecting one consumer. it is costing money. i know there are veterans in here, and you buy your home insurance. you have something injured by usaa.
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that company is a major employer in san antonio, texas. the dog during -- the dodd-frank banking regulations are going to take almost $500 million in cost to that company to comply. that is as much money as they send out in awards and dividends every year. i am telling you is not going to make one more iota of difference in what happened between washington and wall street. this tarp money they have failed wall street out with, they have taken over companies too big to fail. i almost saw under the ceiling when i saw about. -- splun through the ceiling
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when i saw the. seven trillion dollars from the fed directed to these wall street firms. 7.7 trillion dollars. that is on your back. these banks were making money. there was hundreds of millions of dollars worth of bonuses going out, and main street paid for it. that is not right, and it has got to stop, and we have got to have a president who can walk in here who does not have these relationships who is ready to clean this place up and throw down the gauntlet and say, if you send a bill to my desk that has earmarks on it, that high-
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priced veto pen will come out. a sharply will veto every piece of legislation. if it has an earmark, it is vetoed.o be th i will suggest to things. one is to pass a balanced budget amendment to the constitution. i will travel the country, going to the states so washington and future generations cannot spend more money than what we have coming in. the second one is to make congress of part-time body. you heard about right. let them cut salaries substantially. let them spend a substantial amount of time back home, cut their staffs substantially, and
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we can do that with a constitutional amendment as well, and there are people who say, you cannot do that. congress is not going to cut their own pay. you can do it with a constitutional amendment. if the people of this country get ready to take their country back, they can do it. there are people but say you have to have them in town to do the business of this country. the 13th largest economy in the world. they meet for 140 days every other year. they come into town, they get their work done, and they make their $600 a month, and then they go home and to their real job of live with their citizens, and they listen, and
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they live under the laws which they passed. those things i will suggest to you, so i want to wrap up with this and open up for some questions and do more listening than talking, but i want to share something with you. this was never my purpose to be the president of the united states. i had a great job being the governor of texas, but our country is in trouble. my father who left hall and flew missions over -- left home and flew missions over nazi germany helped teach me that
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serving my country is really important, and when your country needs you, you need to stand up to the challenge and be ready. i thought my service to my country was stunned when i finish my tour with the united states air force. it has been my privilege to serve my stay for 25 plus years, but our country is in trouble. this is not about me. this is about you. it is about the young man of there. it is about his future and what our country is going to look like in another four years if we do not get a handle on spending. i have asked the crowds, are you better off today than you were 4 trillion dollars ago? i do not think so, so having some thoughtful individuals the
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are principled m -- and a principal fiscal conservative does your country is one of the ways to do that. here is a pack i will make for you. if you will have my back on the third of january, i will have your back in washington, d.c., for the next four years. god bless you. [applause] let's open it up for some questions please. there's nothing i have seen that is too big to fail. if you are too big to fail, you are too vague. i do not understand the concept, whether it is a
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business, i do not think there is a country. i am not for bailouts of businesses. i am not for bailouts of european thanks -- banks. the european situation needs to be dealt with by the european union. they have the same problem we have. they spend money. get thirsty --they allow themselves to say yes when they stood -- they should have been saying no to new spending. we have national debt and has to be paid off. >> politicians go to washington and common sense goes out the window.
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would you be the right candidate? >> has anybody walk in here and told you know? i bet every person who has stepped foot is asked that question is going to say, i am going to be the one, but i am going to tell you to look get my records. i helped create a climate in the state of texas but has created more jobs than any other state in this nation, and we did it with simple principles. you keep a tax burden on job creators that is as light as it can be, still delivering the services required. did you have a regulatory climate that is fair but predictable. one of the greatest costs and we have in this country is regulations. a lot of times we do not see
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them because they are embedded. i did not get a chance to tell you about john deere and the new engine. the federal government has new emissions standards on this new engine john deere is a building, and it is on the nitrogen oxide ivel, and i will tell yeaou understand about environmental protections. i am going to tell you about taxes and how epas try to take over and we clean up our air more than any state in the nation, but the cost to that tractor is going to be $20,000 a copy. you are going to have to pay that common and and i would suggest the difference between the quality of air that tractor is going to make is going to be minuscule at best, and the people of iowa and know better
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how do keep their air clean and to make sure their water is drinkable than some bureaucrat in washington, d.c., so these regulations, whether they are a banker regulations or environmental regulations, they are strangling this country. i will pull every regulation and to test it for this simple fact. does it killed jobs or create jobs? if it kills jobs, we are going to get rid of it. we have to ability to protect our environments, and we clean up our air more than any state in the nation. nitrogen levels were down in the decade we just finished. it is our people, our era. that for the soil lack
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sensibilities of the status? >> the pipeline from canada down to texas for exporting gas and oil verses and not exporting through british columbia, seattle, what are the pros and cons of that pipeline? >> i have had lengthy conversations with the canadiens and the governments that represents that. i have been a proponent of that pipeline. energy independence should be a goal for this country. that is the reason why i do not think we ought to shut out any type of legitimate energy
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source. i am not for giving tax credits, but i am for developing and removing regulatory hurdles, and what we have got today, that oil is going to go one of two directions. it is going to go west and the chinese will bite, or it will go south for the united states consumption. every barrel of oil but goes out is 1 barrel of oil we will not have to import from foreign countries, some of which are hostile to this country. i look forward to the day when we can tell mr. hugo chavez, no thank you, we do not need any venezuelan all oil, but that pipeline creates a lot of jobs, and i am talking about in the development of the pipeline, in
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the building of the pipeline, and i do not agree the president should veto this bill. he should let this pipeline occur, and i know he is being pressured by those on the radical environmental side of the aisle of wanting him to not build this pipeline. this pipeline has been studied for three years. this information i have on it, i am not going to tell you i am an absolute expert, but this is one of the safest pipelines that has ever been built, and there are already pipelines that go across into nebraska, which is the contention they are making, so this pipeline needs to be built. we need to be looking for every source of energy. i am going to wrap up one more thing. the federal lands and waters should be opened up.
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only 8% of proven reserves on our federal waters, and i understand there are places we are not going to be exploring. good we are not going to go to yellowstone, but we have millions of acres of reserves and now that need to be opened up so we can safely produce those resources, and i would use a substantial amount to help pay down the debt. >> they you expect anything to happen to our local gas prices orange and national gas prices? >> i do not -- who local gas prices or national gas prices from a >> i do not think we will see a big thing. here is what i think occcurs when the pipeline is
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built, because then there is confidence and people will feel more secure but this supply of coming.oing to havbe we have found sources of energy we had no idea we had 10 years ago. i am sure all of us heard the stories and we have found all of the petroleum products. we may be able to improve some secondary or tertiary ways, but we found it all, and then we find these use natural gas deposits people did not know were there. we do not know what is under iowa. the technologies have not been
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developed. my point is the way to drive those prices down, and for american citizens on fixed income, i think one of the most important things we can do as a country is to expand our energy industry, whether it is corn- based with ethanol or whether it is gas or solar or wind, because that a huge amount of energy, you can drive down the cost. the cost of living can go down in this country if we will apply our energy resources.
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we have 300 years worth of energy. good >> it has been proven the the ability to extract that energy has gone into ground water. >> you cannot show me one place where there is a proven solution of ground water while hydraulic fracturing. >> that is false. >> show me the paper. i am truly offended the american public would be heard wayne region with the -- would be
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hoodwinked by stories the do not hold up. if that is true, everybody would be running that story. we have been using hydraulic fracturing in my home state for years, and this is a fear tactic the left is using that absolutely does not hold water. >> not true. >> and bring me the evidence, and when you do that i will be the first to say, you have got a point. next question. >> i am curious to ask a twofold question. first, when you think about states' rights to inform immigration, and second, your
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priorities for immigration on the national level. >> good question. it goes back to that responsibility to secure the border, and i want to talk about how endangered our country is because we have failed to secure the border with mexico. mexico is our number one trading partner. we have a very close relationship and with them, but that country is also an overrun in places by drug cartels but have operational control of places along the border. we know for a fact that hamas and hezbollah are operating in mexico. less than two months ago we discovered that in iranian effort to work with the cartels to penetrate our
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southern border, to kill a diplomat on u.s. soil, and that plan was found out and stopped. you have venezuela, that has the largest embassy -- iranian embassy in the world. you have bolivia, which is a marxist state, and the point of that is i think it is time for us to have a new monroe doctrine approach to the western hemisphere. to protect the western hemisphere from outside influences that are trying to come in. the same thing we didn't know with cuba. you will not recall because you were not treated the same thing we did with cuba.
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he will not recall because you were not alive in the 1960's, but we have some dangerous neighbors, and securing the border is really important, and use secure the border with three very clear approaches. non-strategic fencing, and both underground -- strategic fencing, boots on the ground, and predator-type equipment so you can look down and truly have fast response teams to stop activities that are going on on the border. you can secure the border, so securing the border has to happen. i have been dealing with this for 11 years. it is really frustrating to me. we have gone through two administrations to ask for help in releasing during this and
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border, and still the border with mexico is very dangerous. when i am the president of the united states, i am not going to be suing states that have sovereign rights this side -- have sovereign racights to deci. once you secure the border and is truly secure and then applying the laws but we have on the books today, and when i talk about that, if people are in this country illegally and they are stopped, they need to be deported, and people who are here illegally would start finding ways to make their way back home, because they are not going to put themselves in a
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position of being deported, so all of these conversations we have about illegal immigration are interesting, but they are intellectual discussions rico's -- discussions because until we have the border secure you are not going to have an immigration policy in this country. thank you all for being with us. gonna bless you. you.- ngod bless have my back on the third of january, and i will have your back in washington. ♪ [country music plays]
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>> unless your hearts. -- bless your heart. and when was it originally built? is there a documented? that is fascinating. >> i used to sit on my mother's lap. >> thank you very much.
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>> thank you so much. >> absolutely. thank you, sir.
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♪ >> thanks for being here. thank you very much.
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as i am a fan and a supporter. i just wanted to let you know a felony.y avgambling is >> we were in texas, so i do not know what the law is. >> gambling is a felony in iowa, so if you take that, it would have been of felony. the same thing he is going to prison for for 13 years. you can take him out of the race. >> i wonder why you are opposed o gays a -- op oposed t
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fighting in the military for you. >> this is an issue of faith. i am a sinner, and not going to be the first one to throw a stone, but just like the boy scouts. that is one of those issues i do not agree with. i did not agree that openly gay people should be serving in the military. my position is, just like i told the guy yesterday, he said how would you feel if one of your children was gay? i would say, i would feel the same way. i hate the sin but love the sinner.
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having them serve in the military is not good public policy, and this president was forced by his faith to change the policy. >> how are you? good to see you. >> we will be pulling for you. >> god bless you. >> my daughter. thank you. thank you very much. >> you did pretty good. you are welcome to do that. this was a long meeting. >> could i get a picture with you, sir? did it?
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thank you. >> thank you for coming out. >> the best thing we can do on the health-care issue is to get this economy going. you cannot buy injury across -- insurance across state lines. you ought to be able to do that. you ought to be able to buy insurance from oklahoma or massachusetts. this whole issue of we have regulation, it is less competitive. there are a number of ways we could get our health care costs down. that is one of them. >> doesn't everyone in congress get health insurance? >> share. -- sure.
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i am more worried abut you that the people in congress. the issue of how we get competition out there. how to get the regulation -- to give you a good example, in 2003 we passed an extensive port reform for texas. -- tort reform on texas, protecting doctors, hospitals. you should give it a day in court. frivolous lawsuits that are filed -- bridey's insurance costs up. -- drive these insurance cost of. a lot of insurance costs went down. there is evidence that keeping these lawsuits proliferated
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across the state -- from proliferating acorss the state. state should be working. it is also about access to health care. we have 20 dozen dollars practicing medicine that were not there. -- 20,000 doctors practicing medicine who were not there. they get to keep more of their money. it is a good example. $100 million per year. after the reform passed and they got those cases out, it was more like $3 million. they were able to get more charity. all of that together is the situation for you being able to afford health care.
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do you have any of your kids here? >> i only have one and he is not here. >> it is nice to meet you. >> thank you for coming. >> if you had a smartphone you could look it up. >> i am glad you like my jacket. >> i will shake your hand again. >> who can i contact? >> i appreciate it. >> willie make it public comment. -- will you make a punlic comment? -- public comment?
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>> it over here by this. -- bit over here by this. that is a good idea. >> that is good. thank you so much. thank you all for coming out. i appreciate it. thank you all for coming up. -- out. >> he with the candidates are saying that the newly designed
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c-span web site for campaign 2012. >> if you cannot live with a nuclear iran, i cannot, you have to say, what to do? all options are on the table. >> if we took that oath seriously, we would get rid of 80% of the government. what is your question was, who is the proven constitutional conservative in this race? that would be me. >> links to c-span's media partners. all at c-span.org/campaign2012. >> the "des moines register" has endorsed mitt romney. the editor was a guest on today's "washington journal."
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host: let's begin with your endorsement. i will read from what you have written, "sobriety, wisdom, and judgment, those of the qualities romney has demonstrated in his career -- can you elaborate on those points? guest: this has been a fascinating exercise of democracy here in iowa. we are honored in the chance
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that if the register were able to see these candidates, we go to their campaign event, we go es for 13 or 14ne calle months. for mitt romney, we have had a chance to spend time with him for five years. he is a different candidate today than he was four years ago. we did not endorse him four years ago. in this field, he is a different candidate. he is more polished. he is more articulate. as we pointed out, there are so many issues that are percolating around the country and around iowa. for us, the most important issue is centered back on job creation, the economy and have you get people back to work? how'd you do things that will reduce the unemployment levels? by virtue of his experience in
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the private sector, we felt governor romney was the best leader for the republican field at this time. host: let me say, thank you. you allow the c-span to bring our cameras into the board meeting. -- you allowed it c-span to bring our cameras into the board writ meeting. -- board meeting. we appreciate the partnership and the relationship between c- span and the "des moines register." my question is what have the learned since he set them in these discussions? guest: with all the candidates, it is interesting how each candidate, i need to tell you, we have a unique perspective of being able to spend so much time. each of these candidates cares about the country. they care about their party,
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their vision for the country. the passion with which they speak, beyond what you might see on television, being here in going to this campaign, it is clear they care about their country and where it is heading and where they think they can take it. with governor romney, the perspective is he as been measured. he has focused in on the things we feel are very important. there has been a sense of -- a bit of hand-to-hand combat in terms of who can one-up each other on issues -- eachother on issues of faith or who is the true conservative. those are very passionate issues. we would never dismiss the. it is part of what makes this country so great. in our mind, governor romney has been measured in taking a look
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at the conversations around kitchen tables, hud to hold on to the family farm, how do we hold on to our home? how do we deal with furloughs when unemployment is high in this country? unemployment has been blessed with 6%. we also know that our state react slowly whenever there is an economic rebound. those of the issues we think are important. the governor has done a good job focusing in on those. >> the "des moines register"a major paper in an early stage. what impact do these endorsements have? guest: i think a lot of people pay close attention to it. what a will tell you is we write this endorsement, we share this -- what i will tell you is we
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write these endorsements, we share these endorsements. this is not a popularity contest. for us, this is an obligation saying, we have had this unique opportunity to spend time with these candidates. there have been plenty of evenings where we have gone out to different church services and republican events and we have heard the candidates are killing themselves. we offer opinions 3 and -- candidates articulate themselves. we offer opinions 365 days a year. we are saying, who is the best candidate -- who would be best equipped to be in the white house? this is not a ra-ra campaign endorsement. this is our perspective with this. it will be interesting to see
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how it all plays out. host: our conversation with the editor of the "des moines register." telephone lines are open. we welcome your calls and comments. send us an e-mail at journal@c- span.org. bob dole and those in mitt romney this weekend. and yesterday the governor of south carolina also supporting mitt romney. governor romney in south carolina, he was asked about the virtues he would bring to the presidency. here is part of that. >> what is the single most virtue of character that you think you bring to the office of president? >> that is a -- let me give that some thought.
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the single most virtue. pull the audience. leadership is a collective character. you look at people and say, what makes them a leader? some of these a young person and you say, that person is a leader, what makes them a leader? it is not the ability to talk well. it is that the people around and invest in them because they see a person of character. for me the character is integrity. i aspire to be a person of integrity. i am trying to balance your of the virtue of humility. [laughter] i aspired to be a person of integrity. i tried to live my life in a way that is consistent with what my values are.
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host: governor robin -- as you hear that exchange, who is he? what can a candidate has he been and what had a president could he be? -- what kind of a candidate has he been and what kind of a president could he be? guest: here is my experience with him. incredibly articulate, the sentiment among the editorial board members who were here four years ago when governor romney first ran is that at that time there is a feeling he had answers for everything. a little slick, not as well conceived and particulate as he is today. his positions as it relates to job creation, specific what is
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he wants to do. he has not shied away from the conversation as it relates to who he is as a family man. it is interesting how four years ago he was perceived as one of the most conservative republicans that was running. mica to be one the caucus -- mike hukabee won the caucus. he has not shied away from his faith. he has not made that the cornerstone of what he has articulated and what he has campaigned for here in iowa. host: let me go back to your endorsement. the editorial available online. the ability to see -- something other than a meter, ideological perspective --
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if you look at past presidents, whether it is bill clinton, barack obama, and george w. bush, all talking about trying to find that common ground. all facing that inability to do so. guest: absolutely. here is something that has echoed throughout iowa. it is reverberating threat the country. washington is broken -- it is reverberating throughout the country. washington is broken. the divide, the rancor, this lack of willingness of republicans and democrats to come to gather in the spirit of compromise and say, here is what we think is the best path for america. it is not happening.
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we have seen that and heard that route this entire campaign. incredible passion -- that throughout this entire campaign. incredible passion, but there has been a tone. the candidates have come out, who is going to wield the biggest wrecking ball in washington, d.c. we do not think that is the right approach to take at all. i think the country is looking for great leadership. they are looking for collaboration. they are looking for a bipartisan spirit to get this country back on track, be it from an international standpoint, the national domestic issues that are so critical. governor romney, from our perspective, being able to take a look at what unfolded in boston, we went to boston, in the statehouse, it was dominated by democrats, he was able to find that sweet spot of collaboration and cooperation. he was able to get past this
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very large health-care plan that the citizens of the commonwealth wanted. it shows that there is an understanding that you have to extend beyond the great political divide, actually tried to get some things done. i do not know if that will happen if he is elected. it will be interesting if he wins the nomination to see how he and president obama will address that issue. from our standpoint, all the conversations we have had, the debates we have watched, those we haveents unfolded d, the greatest candidate he can do that. host: calling him the best to lead, mitt romney, the endorsement out last night. before we get our first call, can you walk through past endorsements? guest: sure, let me take a look
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at some of my note. i will take a look at the fact that we have been endorsing since 1988. initially it was perceived that this was a republican and or democratic -- the newspaper should weigh in on partisan matters. in 1988 l. editor -- our editor recognize that this is more than a quaint iowa affair. the eyes of the nation cast their attention to iowa. 1988, we saw that. that was the first year is the "register" weighed in. on the republican side, we have looked at the republicans. senator dole, a gorge of the bush, -- george w. buch, and mike hukabee were our endorsed
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candidates. what is important to emphasize, we do not care about whether we have chosen the candidate who ultimately wins the caucus in iowa or becomes the eventual nominee or even the highest office in the land, in this moment of time, with all the candidates we have watched, we have seen a large race that has winnowed down. we have looked at the candidates, we feel this is the candidate who at this moment in time is the right person to lead this country. host: our first caller is from iowa. will is on the phone, republican line. good morning. caller: i want to thank c-span
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for the coverage of the actual event. it has been helpful. you are the only one to allow candidates to be viewed in the environment of being questioned. let me thank the "des moines register." we could not do it without their help. continue, please. caller: as he no, i am in iowa. i am a caucus-goers. . i had a two part question. the first part, is there anyone you are weighing in on second or third? and the other part is, i am sure you may or may not be aware, the general consensus is that most
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of the newspaper and media in iowa do not favor tea party conservatism. do you think your endorsement of mitt romney will be a benefit for the primary? host: before we left rick green answer? will you be participating? caller: oh yea. a lot younger people. host: to you have a preferred candidate? caller: i do. romney is not mine, a nice tenement. mike and it happens to be ron paul. -- a nice candidate. my candidate happens to be ron paul. guest: we spent a lot of time to read what has emerged for us, we receive -- we spent a lot of time.
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what has emerged for us, we were 0 in. we have seen the rise and fall, the slide of some of these candidates over the past few months. we spent a lot of time looking at the former speaker of the house and governor romney. taking a close look at not only their vision for the future and where they are today, but we also thought it was important to look at where each candidate was before. with the speaker of the house, i will echo what i think a lot of iowans are saying, which speaker of the house are we getting? are we getting a successful yet controversial speaker of the house? or is it the speaker of the house who led the charge to shut down government and was fined and had a controversial chapter as speaker of the house? is it the newt gingrich who is
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the kinder, gentler speaker of the house? the 68-year-old grandfather who has resurrected his campaign and promised to be as know-negative advertising as possible, or is it the speaker who was raising questions about the separation of powers. iowans were wondering about nancy pelosi city on the cuts talking about global warming. there are a lot of amash sitting on the couch talking about global warming. -- nancy pelosi sitting on the couch talking about global warming. there are a lot of questions about that. we kept coming back to governor romney in terms of his previous experience. being able to come in and save the olympic games, the winter games in salt lake city. the proven ability in our observation of being able to go to members of the opposing party
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and sit down to craft that legislation in the right direction for the country. that was our decision. we give doctor paul a close look. we felt some of his libertarian streaks in government intrusion makes a lot of sense. at the end of the day, we felt governor romney was the candidate who offered the best vision, not only from an economic development standpoint, but also as it relates to government's relationship with our personal lives. host: our guest is the editor for the "des moines register." we have this tweet. are you worried about the flip flopping by mitt romney? guest: we talked about that. we address that in the
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editorial. i think each of these candidates have taken a close look at their positions. we have seen some modifications over time. governor romney captured the most attention for some of his altering a few points. for us, i think -- for his altering viewpoints. for us, i think it represents maturity. being able to say, the way i approach that issue is that it ago is different from how i truly feel today. -- that issue a decade ago is different from how i truly feel today. flip-floping is a big issue. we felt there are good in the explanations as to why it has unfolded. it was not a huge issue. host: and e-mail sank the endorsement may or may not help
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mitt romney, -- an email saying -- your response to that? guest: it is going to be interesting to see what happens. iowans are known for their independence. i had the fortune of working in a high opinion i went out west to palm springs, california -- in ohio. i went out west to palm springs, california. returning to the midwest, i have never seen a state filled with a general population that is so
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independent. , so embraces its responsibility from a democratic, civic standpoint. they are passionate, they are informed, and they are adjudicated. they love the responsibility they have to kick the tires of these candidates, make them better candidates to make the meticulous about their positions. compare them and the rest of the country for this campaign. i do not know what is going to happen. >> tomorrow on "washington journal," a look at the latest developments in the 2012 campaign. after that, a discussion on surveillance and privacy issues. and later, deborah hersman on the rolean

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